Discumentary: R.L. Burnside "Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down"
In the year 2000, RL Burnside set out to continue the blues tradition while adding more contemporary influences to it. These influences are almost more hip-hop in nature, with scratching and looping provided by DJ Swamp and Iki Levy. At the age of 73, Burnside's modern spin on traditional Delta Blues paid off, Wish I was in Heaven Sitting Down went to #8 on the Billboard Blues Album chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award that year.
After having great success in college radio, Hitchcock assembled The Egyptians which featured two members of his former band The Soft Boys and REM's Peter Buck. The album spawned the single Balloon Man, and eventually reached 111 on the Billboard top 200.
Some artists need to appear younger or hipper to appeal to a younger audience. Not Johnny Cash, he sat down with his guitar, and did the same thing that made him a legend many years ago. This album, produced by Rick Rubin, won Cash a whole new generation of fans.
"Raising Sand" features the unlikely duet of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, and bluegrass queen Alison Krauss. It was the winner of 5 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.
The B-52's were unlike anything out there when they released their debut album, the band's unique approach made them a hit, and had songs like "Rock Lobster" and "Planet Claire" spinning at parties all over the world.
This album was released in October of 1972 during what is considered Stevie Wonder's "classic period" and garnered the artist 3 Grammy Awards.
Before this album, Victoria Williams was pretty much a musician's musician. Her unique and unusual singing voice as well as her songwriting grabbed her a devout following. A tribute album that came out just before Loose raised money to pay for it.
Creating what he calls 'Conscious Music for the Masses', Micheal Franti tackles topics like AIDS, homelessness and police brutality but sets these themes to melodies you can groove to.
Following the huge success of the Fugees, Lauryn Hill went solo with this one. Creating a disc of very personal songs, she demonstrated just how versatile Hip Hop could be. It also showed that Hill could be a force on her own, by winning 5 Grammy Awards and earning a Gold Record.
Rediscovered and re-released by David Byrne in 2001, this album holds up more now than it did in 1974. Far ahead of his time, Shuggie Otis and this album are cited as influences by many electronic artists today.
"Catch a Fire", released in 1973, surprised many fans of Bob Marley and The Wailers with it's socially aware lyrics and militant tone. However, songwriters Bob Marley and Peter Tosh created a positive tone toward the future that emphasized the power of the individual.